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Sandra Clark...
Turmoil on the school board
Knox County school board drama continues with last week’s revelation that vice chair Gloria Deathridge has health issues that might make it difficult for her to serve a four-year term. She’s a candidate for re-election on Aug. 7, opposed by retired social worker Marshall Walker.  More

Betty Bean...
Ailor vs. Wimberly: Looking for signs
Judges are different from the rest of us (apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald). Candidates for judgeships are bound by standards of conduct designed to preserve the dignity and integrity of the court, and in Knoxville’s legal community, there also has been a kind of...   More
 Dave Stott invites passersby on Northshore Drive to the St. Mark United Methodist Church Peach Festival. Photo by Wendy Smith

Everything’s peachy at St. Mark

By Wendy Smith

For the past two years, rain has soaked the St. Mark United Methodist Church Peach Festival. This year, for the first time, umbrellas were available for purchase, which guaranteed a sunny event.

The idea for the festival came from members who used to live in South Carolina, where peach festivals are common, said Pastor Dave Graybeal. The congregation was looking for an event to offer to the community, and peaches seemed like a sweet idea.

The festival featured peach ice cream, cobbler, baked goods and bags of peaches, which were purchased from Butler & Bailey Market in Rocky Hill. Entertainment included gospel bluegrass from Son Rise of Maryville, a bounce house, a dunking booth and other games. The community was also invited to attend the church’s Vacation Bible School, held last week. The theme was “Weird Animals.”. More